God of New Beginnings, You have given new life, true life: freedom from the sin that enslaves. May Your name be praised.
Read John 21:1-14
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Each Christian needs to learn to recognize the supernatural in their lives. Jesus does not hide from us, but works in ways that we may not easily recognize.
Today’s narrative carries unique and miraculous components. The disciples started the night as any other night. At first it was uneventful, but then the ordinary was transformed into a magnificent experience. Their emotions, their intellect, and their perception were all altered by the presence of the resurrected Lord.
It is difficult to accept a question that implies doubt about one’s proficiency at one’s job (5). The command that follows suggests more doubts about the disciples’ knowledge (6). Jesus could have prevented their failure, but he didn’t. At their point of failure, Jesus spoke with certainty and assurance. Netting a large catch of fish seems no big deal to the one who defeated death.
This was the third time the resurrected Christ appeared to his disciples (14). It was, however, only after he intervened (6) that the disciples recognized him (7); even John was slow to recognize his beloved Teacher. And even then they were cautious about admitting his presence. The disciples had seen Jesus dead; that was in the past and could not be changed. Yet here was Jesus, eating breakfast with them now! We all have difficulties dealing with the supernatural.
Jesus was not playing tricks; the disciples were learning how to relate to the resurrected Christ. The turning point was when Jesus “took the bread and gave it to them” (13). He revealed himself in everyday life, as the Lord of the Table, the one who has defeated death and drives fear and doubts away. All Christians come to the Lord of the Table with hands full of failures and fears, and there, at the Table, they are confronted with the presence of the one who defeated death.
How have you encountered the living Lord recently? If anything tends to prevent you recognizing him, ponder what to do or change.
Lord Jesus, as I go through today’s routine activities, draw near to me, manifest Your presence, and remind me of Your victory.